Posts tagged "crime"

Don't fall victim to CTA Shell Game scam

Tis the season to be jolly, spend money – and get taken by the CTA Shell Game operators. And I saw it happening again Tuesday on the CTA Red Line. The gregarious African-American guy boards at Fullerton with his board. (And yes, I have only seen black guys shill for the Shell Game.) He sits... Read more »

CTA should allow anonymous reports of groping, other harassment

In reading a Salon.com story about “The creepiest man in New York: A gross portrait of a subway molester,” I learned that New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has a page on its website for victims of improper sexual conduct to anonymously report such incidents. In light of the recent stories and arrest of a... Read more »

CTA crime stories: Brown Line machete attack

Here’s the latest installment about crime and general news on the CTA. And what a week it was – from a machete attack to suicide. Brown Line machete attack: Seven people, including two teen boys and a girl, were charged last week in a machete attack on the Kedzie Brown Line platform. This already is vying for CTA... Read more »
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Cops hunt for suspect in CTA Red Line groping case

Chicago police on Wednesday issued a community alert with the photo of a man suspected of groping a woman on a crowded CTA Red Line train early this morning. The man is described as  a white male, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with possible blonde/light brown hair. Police released these CTA surveillance... Read more »

Dumb or Smarter? CTA Orange Line robbers caught on tape

It’s hard to say whether the alleged Orange Line robbers are real smart, or just plain dumb. So smart to be scoping out the route for a couple of hours before the attack. Smart that they knew the stretch between Halsted and Roosevelt was the longest on the route – seven minutes from station to... Read more »

Ax-wielding man attacks CTA driver on bus, walks away

An ax-wielding man shattered the shield protecting the driver on a CTA bus Saturday, and then turned and calmly walked off the bus. He disappeared and was not found. The man bought the ax just minutes before at Chicago Coast True Value Hardware on Western Avenue, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report. The man boarded... Read more »
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Don't be a CTA crime victim - pay attention

Regular CTA Tattler readers know that I often have warned readers about being more aware of your surroundings to keep safe from robbery, especially on trains. We’re all now just staring at our smartphones, head down, often wearing earbuds, paying no attention to what’s happening around them. That behavior makes you an easy mark for... Read more »

Chicago cops use face recognition software to nab CTA mugger

Chicago police earlier this year used facial recognition software to enhance a CTA surveillance photo of a robbery suspect. With software purchased through a $5.4 million grant that the CTA got through the Transportation Security Administration, Chicago cops were able to enhance a side-view photo of the face of Pierre Martin (in photo at left).... Read more »

Cops, Guardian Angels, phone app combine to nab CTA iPhone thieves

Chicago police with the help of some Guardian Angels and Apple’s Find My iPhone app today arrested two suspects in a Red Line robbery early Tuesday. A woman on the Red Line after midnight Tuesday said four teenagers attacked her from behind and grabbed her iPhone, racing off the train at the Chicago stop. She... Read more »
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How not to be a theft victim on the CTA

Illustration by Susan Wise
With Sunday’s Tribune report on a 42% increase in thefts on the CTA from 2009 to 2011, it’s the perfect time to remind readers how not to be a victim of crime. I’ve written a number of times that we riders too often put ourselves in danger by not paying attention. I’m really trying not... Read more »